“I used a ceramic (knife) because its sharper than the steel, less ripping and tearing.”
Trent Gates, a 23-year-old man who identifies as “non-binary” and is attracted to men, revealed in an interview published by a tabloid this week that he removed his own testicles and penis in an attempt to become a genital-less “nullo.”
Surprisingly, Gates claimed his sex life has improved since slicing off his testicles in 2016 and his penis, which he kept in a freezer until his mother threw it out, in 2017.
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“It really didn’t feel like part of me. It’s along the lines of being trans, but not quite,” the Washington, DC resident told Metro US about why he chose to perform the surgery. According to Gates, he only used ice water to numb himself during the first surgery.
He told Metro he was inspired by the example of another famous “nullo” – the term for individuals in an extreme body modification subculture that idealizes the surgical removal of genitalia – named “Gelding.” Gates said after seeing a photo of a “nullo” online he decided he wanted to join the community one day.
Gates, who rejects the label of transgender, said he chopped off his his testicles at his apartment. The removal of his penis occurred in a hotel room in North Carolina. His instrument of choice during both procedures was a sanitized knife, followed by a visit to a hospital where a surgeon treated him and gave him painkillers.
“I used a ceramic (knife) because its sharper than the steel, less ripping and tearing,” he told Metro.
Gates revealed that he “didn’t have a problem with the pain” and used a numbing agent and took oxycodene when he removed his testicles. Mental health concerns raised by doctors were another cleared hurdle for the IT worker, who was subjected to psychiatric exams.
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“They made sure I got psychiatric treatment just to make sure I was sane and that it was a good decision,” Gates said. “The therapists and the psychiatric staff said ‘Yeah, yeah, he’s good, he’s sane…miraculously.'”
The benefits to Gates’ sex life were another turn of good fortune for the man, who said it took him nearly a month to heal from his testicle removal, but only three weeks for his penis. He said his orgasms “have gotten a hell of a lot more intense.”
“The first time that I had sex afterwards, I almost passed out and was shaking for hours afterwards,” he said. “It was that intense of an orgasm. It’s kind of weird. I actually do (ejaculate). It’s essentially the clear pre-cum that is produced by prostate.”
The work of LGBT activists has resulted in increased societal awareness regarding issues faced by transgender, gender-fluid and non-binary individuals. But the pace of progress has come too fast for some critics and detractors, sparking cultural rows over transgender and gender-fluid rights and a debate over societal norms regarding gender ideology.
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